Requirements & Recommendations

Requirements/Pre-requisites for admission

  • High academic achievement, a clear commitment to international affairs, and related work or academic experience and achievements.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university (or the equivalent) with a record showing promise of success in graduate studies. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) for admission.

  • One course in macroeconomics and one course in microeconomics, three credits each, both with a final grade of B- or better by matriculation. Courses in economic development, comparative economic systems, economic geography, economic history, or other such courses are not considered as substitutes for the principles of economics courses listed above. More information about the economics pre-requisite is available here.

  • Demonstrated, current proficiency in a modern language other than your native tongue.

Recommended experience/coursework for admission

  • Overseas work, volunteering or study, usually for a year or more, prior to matriculation.

  • Work experience related to your area of interest. For example, if you are interested in Development or Security, it is helpful to have experience in developing or conflict regions of the world.

  • Prior statistics and calculus coursework is helpful.